Published: Tue, August 13, 2019

Gulf Arab states can secure Persian Gulf waters alone

Gulf Arab states can secure Persian Gulf waters alone

The UK dispatched the warship HMS Kent to the Persian Gulf on Monday as part of the US-led maritime security mission in the area. He also rejected any Western presence in the strategic waterways, saying that only negotiations can reduce tensions.

Iraq has slammed Israel's participation in the US-led Gulf maritime mission, stressing that its involvement will only increase tensions in the region.

Al-Hakim stressed that Israel's participation in such a mission was unacceptable, AP said. All the US' allies except for the United Kingdom have so far refused to join the coalition.

Katz claimed that Israel was determined to stop "Iranian entrenchment" in the Middle East region and strengthen Tel Aviv's relationship with the Persian Gulf countries, Israeli news website Ynet reported.

"Whenever our commanders wish to, they are able to detain any ship, even if it is accompanied by American and British forces", Tangsiri told Hezollah-affiliated Al-Mayadeen television in Lebanon.

On August 9, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Moussavi highlighted that the Islamic Republic regards possible Israeli presence in a US-led coalition in the Persian Gulf as a clear threat to its national security, and reserves the right to counter it.

Shortly after the Israeli regime announced it would join the U.S. coalition last week, Iran warned the Israeli regime over the consequences of such decision.

The ship seizures came after British Royal Marines helped to impound a tanker carrying Iranian oil off the British overseas territory of Gibraltar on July 4, alleging it was destined for EU-sanctioned Syria, an accusation Iran denies.

Tensions have escalated in past months, with drones downed and tankers mysteriously attacked in Gulf and nearby waters, where about 20 percent of the world's oil trade passes through.

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